Alright, our first full-on football weekend of the season. Here’s what caught my eye:
• The Golden Gophers lived up to their name for their first game in their new stadium on Saturday — yikes. And here’s an interesting conspiracy theory from Chris Lampling: See how the jerseys developed orange-streaked sweat stains? Looks a lot like a TCF check card — and the new stadium is called TCF Bank Stadium. Coincidence or stealth branding?
• At least Minnesota had a vague name-based reason for their stupid-ass solid-colored uniforms. What was Western Kentucky‘s excuse?
• The Jets are wearing a 50th-season patch after all (they hadn’t worn it during the preseason). As a result, they’re not wearing captaincy patches.
• Speaking of captains’ patches, I believe you-know-who is the first player to wear the “C” for three different teams.
• Still more on captaincy patches: They make a bad design look even worse.
• Look, if a guy has to wear a knee brace, then he has to wear a knee brace. But sometimes it really looks like shit.
• And sometimes it really, really looks like shit.
• Good to see Al Harris and Devon Hester both up to their old tricks.
• Is that a new logo on the Gatorade towels?
And there you have it — Week 1, in the books. And now, before we get to the Ticker, a few small announcements:
Stirrup Club Reminder: Robert Marshall is now taking orders for a new round of stirrups. Details here.
E-Mail Reminder: My Earthlink account — which is on the verge of becoming an ex-Earthlink account — is still very spotty. For now, the best way to contact me is at beerframeguy [at] yahoo.com. (And if you sent me awesome Ticker material that I’m not using, it’s almost certainly because I never received it and not even a little bit because I didn’t think it was as awesome as you did, or because I wasn’t in the mood to plow through a few dozen Ticker contributions, or because I thought your observation was a bit arcane even by Uni Watch standards. Nope, no chance of any of those at all.)
Attention Jordan Cutler: Tried to write to you but my e-mails keep bouncing back (which I think is actually due to problems with your e-mail account, not mine), so I’ll say it here: I got the package — thanks so much! You da man and all that.
And speaking of people are who da man…: Let’s hear it for Phil, who kicked some serious Uni Watch ass over the weekend, am I right?
OK, now then…
Uni Watch News Ticker: Lots of great new pin-up illos from Rob Ullman (and yes, if you’ve ordered a commission from him, he’s working on it — busy fella!). I’m particularly fond of this one. … The Winter Classic jerseys will look like this and this. Both perfectly nice, but not the huge blast from the past that we’ve seen in other Winter Classics. … “Coincidence, or long-term parental planning?” asks Les Holmlund. … Reprinted from Friday’s comments: arguably the Shorpy’s finest moment. … Hilarious scene at the Angry Samoans merch table on Saturday night, because the band is still pulling the old punk rock move of buying up used T-shirts at Goodwill for 25¢ (or whatever), screen-printing the band name onto them, and selling them for $5 — very cool. That baseball tee was swell, but the best sports-related design was this one (underneath the photo, it said, “1962 Green Bay Packers, Greatest Football Team Ever”), which I totally would’ve bought if it had been my size. There was also this one, which I couldn’t decide if I loved or hated. Best one of the batch was worn onstage by Metal Mike. … Good video of the Penn State shoes getting polished — to the strains of Kiss! — here (with thanks to Gerry Dincher). … We’ve had several discussions over the years about pre-Nazi uses of swastikas on uniforms, and now Bruce Menard has found one I hadn’t seen before. That’s Rabbit Maranville, circa 1915, and Bruce says the cap was worn to commemorate the sinking of the Lusitania. I know the swastika has a lengthy pre-Nazy history, so let’s not rehash all of that, but I didn’t know about this Lusitania connection. Anyone know more? … Kudos to Santa Clara High, whose football team wears these socks (with thanks to Don D.). … New York Mets baseball and steaks, chops, and wings, these are a few of my favorite things. … Fresno State is wearing black nose bumpers with “D.B.” initials. “It’s for the late much appreciated Dan Brown, their defensive coordinator from last year, who died of cancer during the off season,” says Jake Moorhead. “Also, his son Travis Brown is a freshmen linebacker on the team and is being allowed to wear number 9 (the retired number of Kevin Sweeney).” … Daniel Listoe was poking around the SI archives and found something from the 12/14/81 issue: a critique of football helmet logos. To read it, go to page 8 here. … New goalie gear for Henrik Lundqvist (with thanks to Matt Harris), and a new mask design for Semyon Varlamov. … Love this mid-’70s design from Texas A&M. And check out the up-back in a four-point stance! (Big thanks to Clayton Weber.) … FNOB alert from 19 years ago (nice find by Matt Ryburn). … Unfortunate byproduct of the new CHL uni changes: Because all teams are using the Edge template, the Ottawa 67’s had to scrap their longtime barber pole design. Instead, they’re going with this (as noted by Jeff Baker). … New men’s and women’s hockey jerseys for North Dakota. Lots of additional pics here. Note the the unusual uni number placement for the ladies (with thanks to Brad Reissig). … Check this out: pancakes crossed with Alpha-bits! Here’s how to do it (thanks, Kirsten!). … Mark Kluczynski notes that the CFO patch being worn by college football officials is bigger this year than last year. … Couldn’t happen to a nicer diva. … Bit of a buttoning problem for the guy in the back row, second from the right (as spotted by Brinke Guthrie’s wife). … Live by douchebag branding, die by douchebag branding. … Steve Mandich has put together a cool Ichiro tribute page, including tons of good uni pics. … Meanwhile, Steve’s wife Eliza Truitt has a tote bag blog (why not, right?), which is currently featuring this. … Here’s a new one: The Predators’ third jersey was sort of unveiled, sort of leaked, when Taylor Swift wore it onstage. … According to a post on the Chris Creamer board, there are rumors a-flyin’ about Michigan possibly wearing white pants on October 10th at Iowa. If so, it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve worn white pants on the road. … “Besides having the longest losing streak in Div-I football (29 and counting), Indiana State also has inconsistent uniform number typefaces,” says Orion Buckingham. To see what he means, look for Nos. 18, 26, and 95 in these photos. … Here’s a different kind of DIY (with thanks to Jeff Ash). … His future looks, uh, bright. … Why weren’t these losers home watching football where they belonged? But they’re right about one thing: There’s nothing worse than seeing our precious national identity being watered down by foreign influence. … Special Uni Watch feliz cumpleaños wishes to Cooperstown deputy mayor Jeff Katz — hope you get everything you wish for when you blow and the candles, buddy. … The Basketball Diarist has died, died. RIP, brother.